US, South Korea begin joint military exercise

SEOUL, A combined field training of South Korean and US troops got under way Sunday as scheduled, defence officials were quoted as saying by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

More than 11,500 service members, including thousands based outside of Korea, plan to participate in the four-week Foal Eagle training, along with around 300,000 South Korean soldiers.

The allies often kick off their largest annual military exercise in late February or early March for a two-month run. This year, however, they waited until the end of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Foal Eagle field exercise, which usually involves combined ground, air, naval and special operations troops, will continue for a month. The computer-simulated Key Resolve is scheduled for two weeks starting in mid-April, added Yonhap.

Source: Emirates News Agency